It was at least ten years ago that my father said we were no longer exchanging Christmas gifts. He was not being a Grinch. He was saying we have too much already. He wanted to give gifts to those who were truly in need. Giving to others became our family tradition.
It was 1987 when Martha Stewart signed her first contract with Kmart. She had already published 5 books – with themes on hospitality, recipes and crafts – which I had read every one. We now have Pinterest, but 30 years ago all we had was Martha!